Originally planned for release in January, 2020, Mike Flanagan's film adaptation of Doctor Sleep (Stephen King's sequel to The Shining) is now getting an earlier release. Exhibitor Relations reports that Warner Bros. will now release Doctor Sleep on November 8th, 2019, showing that the studio has confidence in this movie performing well during a significantly more competitive month.
Ewan McGregor stars as Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep, and is joined by Rebecca Ferguson, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe, and Kyleigh Curran. Flanagan already completed filming from a screenplay he worked on that was originally written by Akiva Goldsman, which is in turn based on King's 2013 novel. Flanagan's frequent collaborator Trevor Macy produced Doctor Sleep alongside Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg, with Goldsman also on board as an executive producer.
For those unfamiliar, Doctor Sleep takes place years after the harrowing events at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. The sequel follows an adult Danny Torrance, who puts his psychological "shining" abilities to benevolent use at a hospice in the tiny town of Frazier, New Hampshire. A recovering alcoholic, Danny's newfound stability is put into jeopardy when a malevolent, shine-enhanced group known as the True Knot rolls into town.
With the new release date, we should be seeing the first footage of Doctor Sleep much earlier than expected, and will keep Daily Dead readers posted on any developments.